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Healthcare Costs Up 7.8% for PPO Plans; Miami, New York City Most Expensive
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The cost of providing PPO plan healthcare to a family of four went up 7.8% to $18,704 for 2010, or $1,303 more than in 2009 and “the highest (dollar increase) we have seen in the last 10 years and since the inception of this index,” reports the Milliman Medical Index issued yesterday. Interestingly, the average costs were not attributed to more patients getting care, but on higher costs of certain kinds of care such as outpatient and inpatient services, which represent 17% and 31% of all costs.